Ruth Dacey’s rugby column: Sheffield skipper Jimmy Pearson is setting sights on top spot in the standings

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Sheffield RUFC’s captain Jimmy Pearson is targeting a top spot finish this season and is hoping his side will continue their impressive league run this weekend after winning 42-0 at home to Driffield at home on Saturday.

The impressive victory was the Sheffield side’s fifth consecutive win on the trot and keeps them firmly cemented at the top of the table on 45 points, with Percy Park just three points behind.

Though delighted with the team’s first half display, Jimmy has stressed that the players must focus more during second half performance or risk dropping points against seventh placed Pocklington away this Saturday.

“The first half of rugby against Driffield was the best we’ve played so far this season. We stuck to the game plan and secured that vital early lead,” explained the experienced fly-half.

“Our exit play and attacking line was excellent and we made sure that we secured the ball from kick-off which was very pleasing to see.

“But I was disappointed with the second 40 minutes because we went off the boil, relaxed and became very individualistic in our play which we cannot do this weekend.

“Even though Pocklington have slipped down the league they are a real threat. They have one of the biggest sides in the league so we face a very physical test but if we replicate last weekend’s first half performance we will do well.”

Sheffield have secured an impressive nine league victories this season however they face a tough run up of games to Christmas including the vital December 6 away game against Percy Park.

“The next four games are crucial for us and you can’t really pick out any of them because we need to win all of them to have that breathing space at the top going into the New Year,” said the 36-year-old.

“Of course the Percy Park match has been targeted as a vital game but so are all the others. None of the teams in this league are going to roll over and give you an easy time.”

Jimmy, is currently skippering the side, in his third year back at the club, after leaving when he was 20 to play for Sheffield Eagles and then a brief spell at Sheffield Tigers.

The Holmesfield resident will receive his 200 league cap for the club in two weeks’ time and hopes to continue playing for at least another season with Sheffield.

“I started my career with this club and I’m going to finish it here. I just hope my body will allow me to play for another couple of years but you never know as the game is so physical these days.”